Years 1 & 2 Elective Application

There are a variety of electives open to first- and second-year medical students. Most are taught by Alpert Medical School faculty.  Others are designed, implemented and led by students along with a faculty advisor. These ½ credit electives are graded Satisfactory/No Credit. Although listed on the student's official transcript, they do not count toward fulfilling the requirements of the MD degree.

Application Process

Faculty-led Electives

A faculty member who plans to offer a Years 1 and 2 elective must complete an application and receive approval by the Medical Curriculum Committee. The chair of the Subcommittee on Electives initially reviews the application and will recommend approval of the elective or send it back for revisions before it is considered by the Curriculum Committee.

Student-led Electives

All student-led electives must be approved or recertified each academic year by the Medical Curriculum Committee. This policy enables the committee to track what electives are offered, assess their quality and disseminate the information to students. A student-led elective must have at least one faculty advisor who is required to attend at least 80% of the course sessions.

Students who plan to offer a Years 1 and 2 elective must complete an application and receive approval by the Medical Curriculum Committee. The chair of the Subcommittee on Electives initially reviews the application and will recommend approval of the elective or send it back for revisions before it is considered by the Curriculum Committee.

Recertifying a Years 1 and 2 elective

Electives previously approved by the Medical Curriculum Committee must apply to be recertified in order to be offered again. This includes submitting an updated application, along with an evaluation of the course’s effectiveness and a statement on how the course will be revised and improved during the next academic year. The chair of the Subcommittee on Electives initially reviews the updated application and will recommend recertification of the elective or send it back for revisions before it is considered by the Curriculum Committee.

Curriculum Committee Review Schedule. Beginning in academic year 2009-10, student-led Years 1 and 2 electives will be reviewed twice a year.

  •  At the  April or May  meeting  the curriculum committee will review  Years 1 and 2 electives that will be offered in the fall semester or given over the course of both fall and spring semesters.
  •  At the September or October meeting the curriculum committee will review Years 1 and 2 electives that will be offered in the spring semester.

Students planning to submit a Years 1 and 2 elective application, should contact the chair of the Subcommittee on Electives 10 days prior to submission of the completed application. The subcommittee chair will review the draft application and provide advice in addressing the application guidelines.

Proposals for a new Years 1 and 2 elective should contain:

  •  general description of the elective
  •  outline of educational goals
  •  discussion of workload expectations
  •  draft of course syllabus and/or list of readings
  •  methods of  grading  student participants and evaluation of the  course

Proposals for recertification of an existing Years 1 and 2 elective should contain:

  •  general description of the elective
  •  outline of educational goals
  •  discussion of workload expectations
  •  draft of course syllabus and/or list of readings
  •  methods of  grading student participants and evaluation of the  course
  •  evaluation report on the effectiveness of the course
  •  proposed revisions  of the course
  •  any new contact information for student/faculty course leaders

Click here for the Years 1 and 2 elective application to apply.